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Poll Question : Top Author's List - remove or keep?
Choice Votes Statistics
Remove 19 36 %
Keep 19 36 %
John Malkovich 14 26 %

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Guest
Posted: Tuesday, December 22, 2009 4:24:37 AM

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Woman wrote:
gypsymoth wrote:
Woman wrote:
nicola wrote:
lol necho. He was wonderful in "Dangerous Liaisons".


YUMMMY!!! John Malkovich is just... oh that voice!!!! Can I have him for Christmas?


Only if you share.


I did pass kindergarten. I learnt to share. So I call Mister Malkovich from the waist up. You can have him from the waist down!!!!!


How about we share left side -- right side, rather than split him at the waist?
DirtyMartini
Posted: Tuesday, December 22, 2009 6:10:10 AM

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I would agree with Primal that it is not really a "Top Author" list the way it is calculated...most Top Author lists have minimum story or vote requirements where this one does not...I have seen people with one story get on top when they get six "five" votes, so it is more a "Top Author of the Moment" list. Perhaps this is good. I also agree with his comment that competition breeds innovation. I can tell you for a fact that I would not have started writing erotic stories if there wasn't a "Hottest Story" list on the site I started on. I started writing them initially to see if I could come up with a story that would go to the top. Did it in two tries. I have continued to write because I have found other rewards than seeing my story on top of the charts.
Here is an excerpt of a story I wrote for the "other" site called "Smooth As Velvet" which explains how I felt at the time after "Morning In The Park", my second story, hit the top:

"It was also somewhat of a hit on the site, going on and off the Hot 9 list three times. Prior to this, nobody seemed to notice me on the sex fantasy site, now girls in three countries were adding me as friends.
I continued to write stories and post them. I became sort of hooked on it. It had various unexpected rewards. There was the reward of seeing your fantasy high on the Hottest list. Yes, us guys are very competitive and shooting for the hottest fantasy became somewhat of a challenge. There was the reward of the increased female attention from all over the world. Girls were also showing me photos, often naked, of themselves. There was also an odd sort of feeling of doing something sexual and getting a high rating. Sort of like, 'Was it good for you?' and having ten women all say 'yes'. It became an addiction I did not seem to mind. As I wrote more, my popularity only increased, especially after taking a stab at combining sex and humor."

So, that is my thoughts on the subject...that was written back in May...
Oh, and I can add that your stories do get read more when you are on the Top Author list...
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Alan.


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Woman
Posted: Tuesday, December 22, 2009 6:42:10 AM

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gypsymoth wrote:
Woman wrote:
I did pass kindergarten. I learnt to share. So I call Mister Malkovich from the waist up. You can have him from the waist down!!!!!


How about we share left side -- right side, rather than split him at the waist?


How about... get him on odd days, you get him on even days? And every Sunday a threesome?

Living life and enjoying life are two different things... just need to figure out how to do both at the same time to live it right!

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Posted: Tuesday, December 22, 2009 6:44:16 AM

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John Malkovich?

In the name of gender equity, not to mention, sexiness, I'd like to write-in one (or more) vote for:

Charlize Theron



(gratuitous sexy pic of Ms Theron)


Now where was I? Oh, yeah, to delete or not delete.

IMHO, it's a simple equation: if the pain of maintaining the feature outweighs whatever gain it provides the site, then scrap the sucker. That said, as a writer, I'm in favor of anything that may increase readership.

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Posted: Tuesday, December 22, 2009 6:46:04 AM

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nicola wrote:
I'm getting a little sick of people whining about either not being on there, or some conspiracy theories about their stories being voted down etc etc. blah5

So how about I just remove it and be done with it?


I say remove it and be done with it for the reasons you have mentioned. Also it is meant to try and get authors to write more and improve their style, but clearly some people take it way way too seriously. Did someone vote from behind the grassy knoll?

Or retire it for a bit and see what happens, but keep options open to bring it back.

Rubber Ducky your the one, you make my life so much fun
Guest
Posted: Tuesday, December 22, 2009 8:18:26 AM

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Trinity wrote:


I for one won't have the encouragement and motivation to write alot of stories if it is removed.


Eh, so that mean you'l leave right? oh wait... didnt you post that you were leaving like 2weeks ago...
Guest
Posted: Tuesday, December 22, 2009 12:04:35 PM

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Woman wrote:
gypsymoth wrote:
Woman wrote:
I did pass kindergarten. I learnt to share. So I call Mister Malkovich from the waist up. You can have him from the waist down!!!!!


How about we share left side -- right side, rather than split him at the waist?


How about... get him on odd days, you get him on even days? And every Sunday a threesome?


Even days work for me, but since I'm not into 3-somes that are FMF, he's all yours on Sundays.

Of course if we keep taking Nicola's thread off topic, she might lock John up in the Lush dungeon, and use him for her own (totally justified, of course) nefarious purpose(s).

Then she might assign us the company of lesser mortals, who have to-die-for bodies such as the French Rugby Team Members, but maybe not so much going on between the ears. Oh hell, who cares? Not me! lol

Drat, that means we are back in compet with Necho, the ultimate Rugby fan.
Guest
Posted: Tuesday, December 22, 2009 2:06:56 PM

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Necho wrote:
Trinity wrote:


I for one won't have the encouragement and motivation to write alot of stories if it is removed.


Eh, so that mean you'l leave right? oh wait... didnt you post that you were leaving like 2weeks ago...


Cyber bullying and people who don't know all the facts.


Oh shit, sorry, I thought this was 'things that pissed you off' post. My bad.
WellMadeMale
Posted: Tuesday, December 22, 2009 2:10:30 PM

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coffee

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Posted: Tuesday, December 22, 2009 6:38:14 PM

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WellMadeMale wrote:



coffee


evil4

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Posted: Tuesday, December 22, 2009 6:44:23 PM

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RumpleForeskin wrote:
IMHO, it's a simple equation: if the pain of maintaining the feature outweighs whatever gain it provides the site, then scrap the sucker. That said, as a writer, I'm in favor of anything that may increase readership.

Rumple Foreskin rr


I agree here, actually. Forget my previous answer.

Wishing you well,
Lydia


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My love poem: Gone From Me
An office part takes an interesting turn in Drunk Off Lust
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Primal
Posted: Tuesday, December 22, 2009 8:58:09 PM

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I like top lists, helps you find better stories sometimes.



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Jezziebelle
Posted: Tuesday, December 22, 2009 10:14:22 PM

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I like the list, it gives me something to strive for. That being said, I'll just echo some people above in saying I wish it was more clear what exactly gets you onto the list. Is is votes? Views? Does someone pick them? Not trying to be critical, I've just always kind of wondered about that... Either way, if it's a headache for you, get rid of it. Lush should be fun, not stressful ;)

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Posted: Sunday, December 27, 2009 4:00:19 PM

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Looks like a mixed bag of answers.

Maybe John Malkovich is due an Oscar? dontknow
nicola
Posted: Sunday, December 27, 2009 5:15:19 PM

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John has moved into second place. Maybe I shouldn't have added him in to the options list d'oh!
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Posted: Sunday, December 27, 2009 5:29:37 PM

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I like the "Top Author Spot" because I have always been competitive... I really hope I haven't fallen into the "Whiner" category.. apologies if so... but I also agree that of it's stressful it should be removed for those that have to deal with the grief that comes with it.. hell I should have been a politician.. I can't give a straight answer.. :o)


In short... I really like it.. but life is too short for stress..

A Professional Writer is an amateur who didn't quit"
Guest
Posted: Monday, December 28, 2009 9:00:00 AM

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Quote:
hell I should have been a politician.. I can't give a straight answer.. :o)

LOL. Smiler for president! evil4
Guest
Posted: Monday, December 28, 2009 2:47:19 PM

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It's 2-1, Remove over Keep, as of today.
Michael
Posted: Friday, December 23, 2011 6:45:21 AM

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I find the Top Authors list motivational. I was on it frequently last month, and it helped motivate me to submit stories this month. Although I haven't achieved it lately I still pursue it.
H


Whine whine whine.... ;)


But I do wish it would require multiple stories to make the list.

Thus I voted to keep it.... but


But please do retain John Malkovich to be our voice for the male persona stories....









Buz
Posted: Friday, December 23, 2011 6:56:13 AM

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Some people prefer mediocrity over excellence. Like giving a trophy to every team that participated so they all don't get their little feelings hurt.

Political correctness makes me want to vomit! Competition spurs excellence. Set a goal and work hard to achieve it. If you don't make it get, your ass in gear and try again.

Keep the "Top Authors for the Month" section!

Coco
Posted: Friday, December 23, 2011 7:48:14 AM

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When I made the list I was quite excited about it but I can see why it may be a pain. In certain instances I have seen a really good story receive a 3 and wonder why and thus the author doesn't have a shot.

Mixed bag here and I'm on the fence with this one. No help sorry.

Honestly though, it makes me strive to write quality stories and that is what Lush is about right?

Coco
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Posted: Friday, December 23, 2011 8:20:30 AM

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nicola wrote:
I'm getting a little sick of people whining about either not being on there, or some conspiracy theories about their stories being voted down etc etc. blah5

So how about I just remove it and be done with it?


Not only do I get voted off it the second I get on it!!! NOW, when I was for sure going to get on it again with my new story you go and remove the list just to fuck me!!! BULLSHIT!!! Not only is this a conspiracy against me... I see it goes right up to the top.



sprite
Posted: Friday, December 23, 2011 9:36:23 AM

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i like it. it's nice to get recognition - admittedly, this is from someone who ends up on it a lot - in my defense, i haven't whined about it since the 3 bombing era - it's a nice ego boost, even if it's only for 20 seconds, but right now, to be honest, i'm sort of finding that stuff like this doesn't really matter - you write, people read - it's only stories.

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Posted: Friday, December 23, 2011 10:37:27 AM

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Not being an author, I probably have no right to comment. But I think it is really nice that the authors, especially the really good ones get recognized for their work. And as with anything, someone will feel slighted by being left of the list but that should make you work even harder to get there and in the process, give the rest of us more wonderful stories to read.

And thanks to all the great Lush authors for giving me so much pleasure over the last year!!
Dancing_Doll
Posted: Friday, December 23, 2011 10:38:15 AM

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Usually hell has to freeze over before I make the list and I haven't felt that chill in a long while. geek

I don't have any strong feelings either way about keeping it or nuking it.

But... this thread was started in 2009, so not sure it's technically still up for debate, but it's interesting to get people's opinions, as always. :)


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Posted: Friday, December 23, 2011 10:43:56 AM

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I like it. I may not always agree with the list, but I think writers should be rewarded in a number of different ways. After all the stories are the backbone of Lush. People who whine because they don't make it, well they're just whiners and will just find something else to whine about.
Guest
Posted: Friday, December 23, 2011 11:42:28 AM

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When first came to lush I remember the Top Author list caught my eye, and i started from there when looking for read..
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Posted: Friday, December 23, 2011 12:34:41 PM

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Buz wrote:
Some people prefer mediocrity over excellence. Like giving a trophy to every team that participated so they all don't get their little feelings hurt.

Political correctness makes me want to vomit! Competition spurs excellence. Set a goal and work hard to achieve it. If you don't make it get, your ass in gear and try again.

Keep the "Top Authors for the Month" section!


I love this man. In a manly way. I enjoy most popular lists, 1 to 5 ratings, votes, competition, and all that stuff. The more the better. It's fun to see what people react to and like. It would be disappointing if any of it were removed. I agree that maybe this Top Author list could be improved with a minimum of votes or something, I really don't get how it works.
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Posted: Friday, December 23, 2011 12:36:57 PM

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Admittedly it has been nice to see my name on there a few times, but as other stories hit so quickly your name can be there one second and gone the next. I think I would say have it removed.
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